compacts: p99c, m&p, 26, xd9, etc


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wild cat mccane
October 21, 2010, 08:35 PM
Hello,
Bit winded but appreciate anyone giving some good opinions.
I have owned: PF-9, PM40, P99, Mil Pro .40, Taurus 650, P22, P3AT.
Still have P22 and P3AT. P22 = wife, P3AT = my pocket.

Now I am looking for the home.
I have small hands and enjoy the physics and aspects of a compact. Works best for my small handed/framed gal too.

All the compacts run in the same price range give or take with a $20 variation.
I know them all pretty well, but just can't decide. I am looking at resale mostly. It is unlikely to be used more then a few times for range fun and not much else but a few hikes so I would hate to pick one that I loose my shirt on. Are they all equal on resale from your experiences? Compacts seem to be most in demand...is that accurate?

Would anyone agree that the xd feels too blocky and high bored, the glock 26 too small on the grip and yet too fat (don't like the grip angle either), the M&P too wide? HK 2000 nice but a bit too much money.
I loved my p99, but have concerns that the small compact would have even more unpleasent recoil.

Actually like the Taurus PT's and 24/7's (gasp) but know they are coming out with new models soon, so it would be silly to buy current. Then new models would then be untested.


Thanks. Appreciate it :)

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TexasGunbie
October 21, 2010, 11:04 PM
what's the question??

wild cat mccane
October 21, 2010, 11:12 PM
Which holds its value the most?

Which is the best value after little use?

TexasGunbie
October 21, 2010, 11:39 PM
Well I think a Glock definitely holds its value the most. I personally can't tell the difference between new Glock and slightly used ones, since the tennifer finish is so durable.
When you get bored of your Glock, you can sell it for around 450-500. So you don't lose much.

P30shtr
October 22, 2010, 12:06 AM
"Now I am looking for the home."
" It is unlikely to be used more then a few times for range fun and not much else but a few hikes"-Wild Cat

First off, not to sound like a... but anything your gonna bet your life on/ used for SD should be fired more than a " few times at the range for fun". You should be proficient with that firearm and know its tendency's, likes, dislikes, ammo, point of aim/impact, etc. Second, if I was you I would go with the P99c because that seemed to be the only one you had anything positive to say about. I don't own nor have ever even fired one but, give the Kahrs a look too. They have some offerings in the size you'd be interested in and, lots of people RAVE about them around here. Or, maybe a new Gen4 Glock. They have the interchangeable backstaps now so that might be worth a look. (G19).Get out there and handle/fondle/fire as many as you can before buying and get what feels best.

Shipwreck
October 22, 2010, 07:24 AM
I have owned the G26 for 8 years. I hated that gun, but kept it because itw as basically rust proof. When I discovered that the P99 had a tennifer coating, I bought a P99 and P99c, and sold the G26. The P99c was light years better and I could shoot it more.

I quit carrying the P99c over a year ago because I started carrying fullsize guns concealed. I eventually sold the P99c because I never used it. I then sold the P99 this year, to buy something else.

The recoil of the fullsize P99 is higher than any other 9mm I have ever shot. But the P99c was in line with the G26 and other guns that size. If ya want one, go ahead and get it.

I have also shot the XD subcompact. Nice gun. I liked that the backstrap was a little longer than the G26 and p99c. But, I stills hot the P99c better when I did a head to head test between the 2 guns.

Now, I doubt I will ever buy another subcompact. But if I did, I'd get an Hk P2000sk. I have a regular P2000, and it is a nice gun.

DonRon
October 22, 2010, 11:48 AM
Get a Glock and drive on!

jkulysses
October 22, 2010, 12:04 PM
The glock is going to hold it's value better no question about that but have you considered the Ruger SR9c?? It's a great little gun with a better grip angle, trigger and comfort than the Glock 26. I'm currently carrying the 26 but I really want an SR9c.

Neverwinter
October 22, 2010, 10:54 PM
But the P99c was in line with the G26 and other guns that size. If ya want one, go ahead and get it.
This was also my experience from renting subcompacts. The tennifer-coated P99c also retains a decent resale value.

Phil W
October 23, 2010, 10:32 PM
I think you have described these firearms correctly. I don't see the point in gettin a 9mm with a low capacity count. I'd opt. for the M&P. JMO

Kymasabe
October 23, 2010, 10:35 PM
I've been quite happy with my Ruger SR9c. And there are probably as dozen or so compacts that you haven't even mentioned yet.

redbeardsong
October 23, 2010, 10:39 PM
I had the same grip fit problems with the xd and G26. I got an SR9C, and have been abundantly happy with it. Fits my hand like a glove, it's slim, conceals well, has been totally reliable, and is still fun and comfortable to shoot all afternoon at the range.

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